Researchers

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Amir G. Moghadam

PhD candidate

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Eric Tseng

PhD candidate

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Farshad Murtada

PhD candidate

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Leo Chou

Principal Investigator

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Meghan Rothenbroker

PhD candidate

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Ryan Lee

PhD candidate

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Shana Alexander

PhD candidate

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Travis Douglas

PhD candidate

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Wendy Wang

Postdoc

Alumni

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Abdulmateen Aderinto

MASc (2022)
Associate Scientist
Vital Bio

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Ian Chen

PDF (2021)
Scientist
Shennon Biotechnologies

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Sachin Davis

MASc (2022)
PhD candidate
UPenn Bioengineering

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Stuti Joshi

MASc (2022)
Applications Scientist
PacBio

Work and fun

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Leo gives an invited talk at ACS regional meeting

Leo gives an invited talk on the OrigamiFISH project at ACS NE Regional Meeting in Rochester, New York

Lab takes a mid-night stroll through Toronto's Nuit Blanche

Lab takes a mid-night stroll through Toronto’s Nuit Blanche

Group pic from Nuit Blanche, Toronto’s all-night celebration of contemporary art. The installation is called “synapse” so kind of fitting we took our photo in front of it

Chou lab welcomes three additional graduate students!

Amir, Farshad, and Kousha joins the lab, bringing with them diverse backrounds in mechanical engineering, health sciences, and biology. Welcome all!

Treetop trekking at this year's lab retreat. Thanks to Ariel for organizing!

Treetop trekking at this year’s lab retreat. Thanks to Ariel for organizing!

This year we head to Stouville, Ontario to try out treetop trekking. First lab retreat outside the city. Thanks to our undergrad Ariel for a fantastic job organizing the trip. This is turning into a tradition…

Congrats to Travis and Eric on winning multiple Faculty of Medicine OSOTF awards

Congratulations to Eric and Travis, well-deserved recognition for your hard work! You guys are rocking it! Celebrations are in order…

Leo gives an invited talk at the Max Bergmann symposium in Dresden, Germany

Leo gives an invited talk at the Max Bergmann symposium in Dresden, Germany

Leo gives an invited talk on the OrigamiFISH project at the Max Bergmann symposium in Dresden, Germany. Thanks to the organizers for the wonderful symposium and opportunity to share our work. Looking forward to this manuscript coming online soon.

Sachin walks us through his python probe design pipeline

Sachin walks us through his python probe design pipeline

Btw, thanks for making us install all the extra dependencies…

Getting lab's first in vivo experiments underway!

Getting lab’s first in vivo experiments underway!

Students learning how to work with mice. Thanks to our neighbor Julien for the kind help!

Meghan awarded the prestigious Vanier scholarship!

Meghan awarded the prestigious Vanier scholarship!

Congratulations to Meghan, well-deserved recognition! Looking forward to doing great science and many more celebrations with you!

We finally made it happen! Annual Lab Dinner at JUMP!

We finally made it happen! Annual Lab Dinner at JUMP!

With the pandemic restrictions easing, the long awaited annual lab dinner, originally scheduled before the holidays, finally happened! What a great bunch to science with. Special thanks to Meghan for organizing!

Farewell to Stuti Joshi, who joins Pacific Biosciences in sunny California!

Farewell to Stuti Joshi, who joins Pacific Biosciences in sunny California!

We celebrate Stuti on accepting the offer to join Pacific Biosciences in sunny San Diego, CA. Best of luck Stuti, be the future of long-read dna sequencing! You will be sorely missed by the lab!

Farewell to Abdulmateen, who joins Sunnybrook as research associate!

We bid farewell to Abdulmateen, who completed a MASc in the Chou lab. He will be joining the Schurmanns lab as a research associate before starting his PhD program in Fall 2022!

Congratulations to Abdulmateen and Stuti both for their successful MASc defense!

Abdulmateen and Stuti both successfully passed their MASc defenses! Both of them delivered a fantastic oral presentation and did terrific jobs on the Q&A. Congratulations to Abdulmateen and Stuti!!

Congratulations to Eric, Travis, and Wendy on acceptance of their review paper

A review paper on interfacing DNA nanotechnology with the immune system by Eric, Wendy, and Travis was accepted for publication in Advanced Healthcare Materials. Congrats team!

Lab BBQ at Hanlan’s Point, Toronto Center Islands.

Lab BBQ at Hanlan’s Point, Toronto Center Islands.

Big thanks to our undergraduate researcher Jason Zhang for organizing! Check out the only photo we managed to take.

First lab social in the year of the global pandemic. We staying strong

First lab social in the year of the global pandemic. We staying strong

First lab social of the year, it’s going to be virtual drinks & games night!

First Discord lab meeting

First Discord lab meeting

Adapting to the pandemic reality!

Happy birthday Abdulmateen!

Happy birthday Abdulmateen!

Celebrating Abdulmateen’s birthday with some cupcakes

Thanks for the office decoration

Thanks for the office decoration

I think this is a good sign?

First lab outing

First lab outing

Went to Snakes and Lattes for some boardgames

Floor social

Floor social

We invited neighboring labs to join us for a Friday night food and games

Setting up the lab

Setting up the lab

Got our first equipment and getting ready to set up an experiment!

Chou lab begins

Chou lab begins

Welcome to the lab team STAR!









Want to join us?

Postdocs

Prospective postdoctoral scholars should send Leo an email and discuss your research interests ( include your CV and contact details of three references). It would be great if you can suggest potential topics you are interested in working on. You’re certainly not bound by this, it is merely a starting point of conversation.

Graduate students

We are always looking for highly motivated students with a passion for engineering biology and developing new biomedical technologies to join our mission-driven and dynamic work environment. Prospective students should send Leo an email to introduce yourself, what your interests are, along with your up-to-date CV and transcript.

Undergraduate students

We offer a limited number of fully-funded summer internship positions each year. Our lab can also sponsor undergraduate design competitions and thesis projects. Interested individuals are advised to email Leo early in the year to introduce yourself, your interests, along with your CV and transcript.